First things first, bad body image days happen to everyone. Hell, bad body image years happen to everyone. Accepting your body involves unlearning so much of what you have been taught to believe your entire life. Unlearning those lessons does not happen all at once, it is a process that you will continue to undertake … Continue reading Coping with Poor Body Image Days
In our lives we are constantly surrounded by images designed to - in some way, shape, or form - make us feel badly about ourselves. Advertisements, sponsored content, diet information - all of these things are created with one purpose: to tell us that there is something missing from our lives, and that by buying … Continue reading Life in Competition
A younger self, Your body is your home, and you were taught to hate it. You were taught that it is wrong, your hair, your stomach, your feet, your face. Not light enough, not slim enough, not smooth enough, not straight enough. You were taught to envy these things in other women, to see them … Continue reading A Letter to a Younger Self
There are a lot of ways that the world tells you to feel good about yourself. Media is (slowly) becoming more diverse and accepting, or so it appears. But it is one thing to see these changes happening and knowing you are supposed to feel better, and actually feeling better about yourself. So, what does it mean to be truly body positive?
I will be the first to say that recovery is no easy task. It's been more than 5 years since I started recovering and even now there are still slip ups and questions I face probably daily. Choosing recovery is hard, and yes that might sound dramatic to people who have never suffered from an eating … Continue reading Recovery Perk #1: Roadtrips
Happy Eating Disorder Awareness Week! EDAW is February 1st - 7th, and this years theme is #NotAChoice. I love this theme and the truth it speaks, and it got me thinking. I tend to talk a lot about what eating disorders are, so here is a list of things eating disorders are not. About Appearance … Continue reading Eating Disorders are not…
Tis the season of BellLetsTalk and Eating Disorder Awareness Week! Please don't get me wrong, I LOVE the idea of spreading awareness, it's a huge part of what I do and what I believe is important. That being said, awareness has to be real. In the body positive sphere I have seen countless young people … Continue reading Eating Disorders: Yes, you should raise awareness. No, you shouldn’t post that before and after photo.
Every single January I hope that the billboards and pamphlets for weight loss supplements and gym memberships will cease to enter my life. And every single January I am unpleasantly unsurprised by the hundreds of messages I see on telephone pole posters and on the side of buses telling me that 2017 is the year … Continue reading New Year, Same Bullshit.
When I was in grade 11 I was diagnosed with anorexia nervosa. Fast forward 4 years to my third year of University and I’m on a stage in Toronto, accepting an award called the Body Confidence of Canada Award. Needless to say, a lot changed in those years between. I went from hating my body … Continue reading Body Positivity – 8 Things I’ve Learned in University